Local authors MARC NIESON and JACKIE ROBB discuss their work!

Tuesday, February 24th @6:00PM

Marc Nieson's background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. He’s also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School, and currently serves on the MFA faculty of Chatham University, where he’s fiction editor of The Fourth River.   His writings span fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. His prose has earned two Pushcart Prize nominations, the Literal Latte Fiction Award, and a Raymond Carver Short Story Award.  

His memoir Schoolhouse: Lessons on Love & Landscape  is  from Ice Cube Press (2016) and was noted in Best American Essays 2012. 


Jacqueline Robb is an environmentalist at heart, having grown up in the mountains of central Pennsylvania in a rural county with just one traffic light. She currently lives in the Ohio River town, Sewickley, PA, where her love of nature - in particular any and all bodies of water - continues to flourish.

Backed by a PhD in Special Education, her work has focused on young children with special needs. Gathering experience as a teacher, a program administrator, and a university instructor, her most recent job brought her back to her first and foremost professional love. Working with families with their three to five year-old children on the autistic spectrum.

Robb's work with children with special needs led her to write her first published children's story, "You Won't Like It, Molly." Fittingly, it is about a little girl with a hearing impairment who goes fishing on the river with her grandfather.

She is currently working on a collection of essays with a water theme, one of which is "Double Run," found in the anthology Fracture: essays, poems, and stories on fracking in america. She also continues to make her way to favorite water spots whenever possible.




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